44 cases of corruption against judges in J&K
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that there were a total of 44 cases of corruption and complaints against judges of all ranks in state.
In a written reply to cut motion submitted by a legislator, the department of law and justice said, “There are 7 regular inquiries and 37 complaints of corruption against the judges in state.”
The government said that according to the warrant of precedence, the district and session judges figure at serial number 27 along with officers holding selection grade in IAS. The government was responding the legislator over the protocol given to munsifs, CJMs and other ranks of judges.
In reply to cut motions of several legislators, the department of Law and Justice said that a total of 110146 cases were instituted in state high court and other subordinate courts from April 2017 to Ist December. “The courts have disposed off 88099 cases in the same period,” the government details added.
The legislators were told that 222194 cases were pending in the courts across J&K as on 31 December 2016.
The government also said that the appointment of advocate general in state is made in terms of section 42 of the constitution of J&K. “Any person who is qualified to be a high court judge may be appointed the advocate general for the state,” the government said explaining the rules. “Those advocates having not less than two years of practice are eligible for appointment as Standing Counsels in the state,” it added.
Standing counsels are paid a retainer ship of Rs 6000 by the government with “miscellaneous charges of Rs 1000 and a counsel fee of Rs 2000 per suit in three instalments”, the government explained.
In reply to another question, the government said that there was a vacancy of at least six judges in J&K High Court including that of chief justice against a capacity of 17 judges.
“There are 11 vacant posts of district judges against a capacity of 75 while as there are 18 vacant posts of sub-judges and munsifs against the capacity of 178 such positions,” the government said.
About the functioning of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the government said that said that a total of 7355 cases were received by the state run rights defender body since its inception. “In 1765, recommendations have been passed while as 878 cases are pending disposal before the commission.”